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Basketball: Tigers finish up at 14-14

Ninth-ranked Lakeville North scored 51 points in the first half and shot 54 percent from the field in ending Farmington's season with a 94-65 decision in the Section 1AAAA semifinals Saturday night in Lakeville.

"We got off to a poor start and just could not recover," Farmington coach Shane Wyandt said. "They were very good and could have beaten just about anyone with how well they shot the basketball. We came out a little jittery on offense and for some reason we had some guys missing assignments on defense."

Those missed assignments helped the Panthers free up for a 13 three-pointers. Standout JP Macura, who went off for 36 points against the Tigers earlier this season, ended up with a game-high 35.

The Tigers crept to within 14 points in the second half, but couldn't get any closer. They finished with a record of 14-14, with 10 of those losses coming by single digits.

"Our conference was extremely tough this year and there was a great deal of parity as we predicted. We would have liked to have finished a little higher but we were right there in every game and were extremely competitive all year long," Wyandt said. "I think we played a very exciting brand of basketball in the wins and losses and I'm proud of our guys for their work and all the improvement they made."

Nick Varner led the Tigers with a season-high 22 points and 10 rebounds. Darren Beenken added 16 points and Eli Rockett scored 10.

The loss ended the careers of three seniors: Beenken, Alex Chadwick and Charles Anderson. Beenken became the seventh member of the school's 1,000-point club in an opening round 86-69 rout of Rochester Century last Wednesday at Tiger Gym.

We will certainly miss our seniors and thank them for all of the contributions they've made to our program,"Wyandt said. "They are three guys who dedicated themselves to Tiger Basketball and made it all the way through with class and respect."